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Pete Wagner

Freelance Caricature Artist & Cartoonist

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Said "hi. that's beautiful design. we are professional media company. would like to come on sskype for business talk. my skype id: rachel00051 Thank You"" to Pete Wagner
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Yes, I own this URL. Not dot-com but dot-net. This site is devoted to the caricatures I draw from photos. Not a highly developed site but lays out the basics with a few examples.
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Event caricaturing website. Entertaining at events by performing high-speed, FUNNY, but not ugly, caricature drawing is what I do best.
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Jan 25 2001. Did a lot of cartoons about Jesse Ventura. What a disappointment. This one referred to the phenomenon of a group of voters who didn't know which side their bread was buttered on. What Thomas Frank later wrote about in "What's the Matter with Kansas?" People voting against their own interest.
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2001, Nov. 1. Looking back, I don't know how I got away with doing this so soon after 9/11. But they printed it, as per our agreement that I would only come back to do political cartoons if I was not edited/censored. MN Daily. Did very few of Osama bin Laden.
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1997-Minnesota Daily. I was surprised they let me do this! I considered it a very good omen that they did.
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I almost never PAINT, but this is an acrylic painting I did in 1994. It's at the foot of the bed. The 1st thing I see every morning. The OLD Elvis. This is about how good of shape I am in now, myself.
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One last pen-and-ink classic cartoon from City Pages, c. 1988. Copyright by Pete Wagner.
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Just to prove I was an equal opportunity offender of both the Far-Right-Right (Republicans) and the Slightly-Left-of-Far-Right-Right (Democrats), here is a cartoon I did for City Pages during the 1984 presidential primaries about Fritz Mondale. Copyright 1984 by Pete Wagner.
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Another of my "30 years ahead of its time" cartoons. My meaning back then, when I did this cartoon in 1975, was that the goals of owning a home, having kids, owning a lawn mower, were boring and unimaginative. But today it could be re-used to mean that the American Dream is no longer attainable. Minnesota Daily. Copyright 1975 by Pete Wagner.
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First anti-war cartoon I did for the Iraq War when the U.S. went in in 1990. City Pages. This one got a lot of positive feedback.
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One of the anti-war cartoons I did responding to the U.S. invasion of Iraq under G.H.W. Bush. City Pages.
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Another George (Herbert Walker) Bush political cartoon, City Pages again of course. This was when he was posturing to go into war with Iraq. He had been repeatedly characterized as a "wimp." The "Girlieman" reference is to a popular recurring skit on Saturday Night Live at the time, Hans und Franz, two dopey bodybuilders who wanted to "Pump you up." Dana Carvey and whatshisname, the other dude...
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My favorite George Bush cartoon (the first George Bush--G. Herbert Walker Bush). Another Society of Professional Journalists award winner. If you don't remember your history, he recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the GOP National Convention when he was nominated. Copyright by Pete Wagner.
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City Pages cartoon on Mikhail Gorbachev's peace-promoting activities. Society of Professional Journalists regional award winner. Every time I see this, it's hard not to get that stupid song stuck in my head.
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There was a strike by Hormel workers that dragged on and on. Hormel is the company that makes SPAM, located in southern Minnesota. This one also won a SPJ Award. Copyright by Pete Wagner.
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Another award-winner from City Pages, late 1980s. I think 1988. Copyright by Pete Wagner.
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Ronald Reagan cartoon done before Christmas in 1986. This one won a Society of Professional Journalists regional award for the Midwest, beating out the cartoonists at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch, the two big dailies. City Pages.
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One of the early ones from my ten years as staff cartoonist for City Pages, the alternative weekly in Minneapolis. I did this in response to a strike by Greyhound drivers and employees in which the company was unrelenting, thanks to the anti-labor tone set by President Reagan. This was probably from 1983, I'm pretty sure. I was surprised to see on the news that the union had taken my cartoon and blown it up and had it on the front of their lecturn where a spokesman was giving a press conference! I didn't mind that they hadn't asked permission, but would have liked to have known it was going to be "borrowed" for the cause.
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Too bad the original of this was stolen. This is a very poor reproduction from a very small old yellowed newspaper clipping, so it looks pretty bad. But I loved the idea and wanted to show it. I came up with this one in 1976. You have to realize that this was way ahead of the Political Correctness movement and not something any other cartoonists or editorialists were saying at the time. They were all rah-rah jingoistic about the Bicentennial. Copyright 1976 by Pete Wagner.
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Another very early political cartoon on unemployment and questioning the value of a college degree. This cartoon was published in Time and the Washington Post that year, in 1975, when I was just a kid cartoonist at the Minnesota Daily. It won the national Society of Professional Journalists Award for editorial cartooning on a college level. They created the award in response to the cartoon! This was my most widely reprinted cartoon ever, and is STILL relevant today! Sadly. Copyright 1975 by Pete Wagner.
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Ancient Nixon cartoon I did for the Minnesota Daily in 1974. I was the Daily's first serious, full-time staff editorial cartoonist.
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1982 Ronald Reagan cartoon that everyone liked. This one was widely reprinted, including in High Times magazine. We actually did carve a pumpkin like this and it looked just like him. I have a photo somewhere. The lid on the jack-o-lantern grew a nice thick thatch of greyish-blue-black mold and we just flipped it over so the stem was down and the mold was up, which gave Ronnie-o-lantern his "hair." This was one of my first cartoons for City Pages, the major metro weekly paper in Minneapolis, where I was staff cartoonist from 1982-92. Copyright 1982 by Pete Wagner.
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Most recent political cartooning I did was in 2004-2005 for the Minneapolis Observer newspaper. They were all on local topics, but here's one you might get even if you don't live here. I used a lot of digital drawing and photography for these. See earlier cartoons at www.wagtoons.com for cartoons that were drawn entirely without digital tools in the 1970s and '80s-early '90s. By 1997, I was using Photoshop and Illustrator and other digital apps way ahead of most cartoonists.
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About Me:
My favorite thing is to draw caricatures live at events with black Crayola marker, fast and raw, funny and fun. For this site, most visitors are not looking for entertainers or performance artists, but if you want to look into my website for that sort of thing, please visit www.wag.net.
Even for freelance print and wall-hanging work, I like to draw in a loose, relaxed style most of the time, without the pretention of elaborate airbrushing or excessive detail. "Less is more," said Mies van der Rohe. A cartoon, by definition, is oversimplified, symbolic, iconic--not detailed or realistic. That goes for caricature, too, which is a form of cartooning. ("A cartoon of a real person.") I generally prefer to use a line that has a human touch rather than super-slick, uptight, overly polished lines...
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States